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‘Housing a human right’: Protestors blockade luxury London property awards

Edit: Much better vid of most of the protest - 31.15 minutes in..

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http://rt.com/uk/251945-property-awards-protest-housing/

Housing and anti-homeless protestors blockaded the entrance to London’s annual Property Awards on Tuesday in a bid to highlight Britain’s critical lack of social housing.

Demonstrators chanted “housing is a human right” at the attendees, who arrived wearing tuxedos and designer dresses.

Campaigners blockaded the entrance to the event with a large banner reading “No more deaths on our streets.”

The Property Awards annual dinner celebrates the UK’s leading developers and companies, many of whom build luxury flats in London which retail for more than £900,000 and are marketed to investors abroad.

Protestors came from a variety of campaigns, including Occupy, Focus E15 – a group of mothers who fought off eviction in Newham – the Sweets Way Resists group, and Friends of the Joiners.

Participants from the recent March for the Homeless on Downing Street also joined the demonstration.

Some campaigners attempted to enter the hotel before storming a neighboring Foxtons estate agents and forcing staff to retreat to back rooms, according to reports.

Edited by Saving For a Space Ship

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"Some campaigners attempted to enter the hotel before storming a neighboring Foxtons estate agents and forcing staff to retreat to back rooms, according to reports"

Not before they'd tried to sell them a £2m 2-bed in clapham no doubt.

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"Some campaigners attempted to enter the hotel before storming a neighboring Foxtons estate agents and forcing staff to retreat to back rooms, according to reports"

Not before they'd tried to sell them a £2m 2-bed in clapham no doubt.

And got a free coffee

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Excellent!

With protests like these becoming more frequent, it seems like the worm is turning against high end property and their developers!

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A banner saying they wanted more houses might have been a clearer message.

Ha, didnt want to say so, but i was thinking the same thing.

When you have a sign with the word 'diversity' in bold, you kind of turn off about 80% of people who will assume rightly or wrongly you're a lefty crank whose motivation goes beyond wanting more fairness in housing.

Still, I applaud them disrupting the little corporatists shindig.

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The Under 40s send out a mixed message on housing, which greatly weakens their impact on this vital issue, IMO.

A sizeable number of muppets blame the banks for not lending them the money to buy, so genuinely believe the likes of HTB are the way forward

Many have bought into the immigration / lack of housing supply problem and don't understand the impact credit availability has on property prices

Then there are those who have bought with the help of Dum and Mad, and are anticipating price rises rather than falls

Finally, there's a minority who do understand the effects of loose credit and govt props and are desperately waiting for sanity to return. Their voice is however mostly drowned out by the other groups.

Oldies however on the whole just want more free money. An enlightened few see the effect this is having on their kids, but they remain far from the majority.

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The Under 40s send out a mixed message on housing, which greatly weakens their impact on this vital issue, IMO.

A sizeable number of muppets blame the banks for not lending them the money to buy, so genuinely believe the likes of HTB are the way forward

Many have bought into the immigration / lack of housing supply problem and don't understand the impact credit availability has on property prices

Then there are those who have bought with the help of Dum and Mad, and are anticipating price rises rather than falls

Finally, there's a minority who do understand the effects of loose credit and govt props and are desperately waiting for sanity to return. Their voice is however mostly drowned out by the other groups.

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The Under 40s send out a mixed message on housing, which greatly weakens their impact on this vital issue, IMO.

A sizeable number of muppets blame the banks for not lending them the money to buy, so genuinely believe the likes of HTB are the way forward

Many have bought into the immigration / lack of housing supply problem and don't understand the impact credit availability has on property prices

Then there are those who have bought with the help of Dum and Mad, and are anticipating price rises rather than falls

Finally, there's a minority who do understand the effects of loose credit and govt props and are desperately waiting for sanity to return. Their voice is however mostly drowned out by the other groups.

Oldies however on the whole just want more free money. An enlightened few see the effect this is having on their kids, but they remain far from the majority.

Yes. I'm on a number of other housing forums and a lot of them are peopled by old-style hard lefties advocating punitive taxation etc.

Most protestors seem to accept the 'we need more housing' idea and don't understand the issues to do with loose credit etc.

Still, it's a start.

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Housing is definitely not a human right. If you say you have a right to housing, you are violating the right of the person owning the house. So which one is correct? The right of ownership of property or the right to housing?

Houses are too expensive, but that does not give you the right to one.

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Housing is definitely not a human right. If you say you have a right to housing, you are violating the right of the person owning the house. So which one is correct? The right of ownership of property or the right to housing?

Houses are too expensive, but that does not give you the right to one.

People *should* have full property rights.

IMO, if we're to be all libertarian about rights, it should be your right to buy a piece of land (given agricultural values are what they are, a typical tenth acre plot shouldnt cost more than £500) and put something on it (secondhand static caravans can be bought for under a grand.) Thats a perfectly acceptable state of affairs. Very, very few people could not afford under £2k to house themselves. Im sure private charity could provide for the tiny minority of disabled folk who couldnt scratch together 2k or have conditions that force their living costs up.

As that right has been stolen by government via the state planning monopoly, they have a moral obligation to apportion the negative externalities caused by their theft of your property rights to house you by providing housing themselves.

I'd certainly rather a world without social housing, where people can house themselves at minimal cost. But unfortunately we have democracy, not liberty, and government policies prevent a large number of people from housing themselves off their own backs.

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But unfortunately we have democracy, not liberty, and government policies prevent a large number of people from housing themselves off their own backs.

If this was an actual democracy, we could have voted out the party that endorses the state planning monopoly.

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If this was an actual democracy, we could have voted out the party that endorses the state planning monopoly.

People wouldnt. Most think the green belt, unaffordable housing and draconian building restrictions are good things

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People wouldnt. Most think the green belt, unaffordable housing and draconian building restrictions are good things

I think the problem is most don't think.

People don't think, and if they do at all, they have been conditioned to think that they are good things. A bit of open and honest discussion would yield huge advances in awareness, I would have thought. But when has mainstream politics ever given us that?

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Great. I am definitely going to join them in future. LibLabCon will not be able to hide their dirty little housing secret much longer.

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Great. I am definitely going to join them in future. LibLabCon will not be able to hide their dirty little housing secret much longer.

Democracy is life having to pick random strangers to do grocery shopping for you without being allowed to tell them what to get. In this case all three (Libby, Labrador and Conny) buys sour milk (government house planning monopoly) and you cannot do anything about it.

They will promise to get broccoli, but instead gets you dog food. And quite frequently they will "forget" half of the groceries in their cars.

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If this was an actual democracy, we could have voted out the party that endorses the state planning monopoly.

I don't know about that. The state planning monopoly was voted in, and once upon a time helped provide social council housing via state housing policy for what was to become the boomer generation. These days that very same generation vote to stop housing being built.

Talk about hypocrisy. My favourite boomer brain-fart is where you get a bunch of people in The Royal county of Berkshire holding placards saying "hands of our land" when in fact the land in question is owned by some titled descent and of a Norman invader. It's like we're living in some kind of strange version of communism whereby 'our' land is owned by a lord and 'our' houses are rented from a corrupt banking cartel.

William the bâstard is dead, why must we continue to enslave ourselves?

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I often visit these luxury apartments as part of my occupation and it's quite a humbling experience at times. The wealth out there is quite staggering and trying to gain access to these places is like trying to get into fort knox with security guards overseeing everything. I definitely feel like a second class citizen around some areas of London and the gulf between rich and ordinary working people is vast, so much that I think it's gone too far, it's really not a pleasant experience.

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